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NRL Women In League Award

About the NRL Women in League Award

The NRL Women In League Achievement Award is presented to someone who has acted as an exceptional advocate for the advancement and opportunity of women in rugby league. The winner's unique contributions will have raised awareness of women's involvement in rugby league, and will have played an active role in encouraging more girls and women to participate in the game.

The 2021 Women In League Award Winner is Gillian Bann from Yarrabah Junior Rugby League in Queensland! 

Yarrabah Junior Rugby League Club President, Gillian Bann, is a passionate, driven and hardworking woman of league. Always one to focus on opportunities for children to play Rugby League, Gillian has made a significant contribution to the Yarrabah indigenous community in North Queensland.

For Gillian, being a President of a Junior Rugby League club is more than a position at the club, she is known as the lynchpin for the club, a mother-figure for the children and families and a strong community advocate for Rugby League.

Gillian shows that one woman can make a difference. In 2019 the club was unable to field any teams in the competition. Through Gillian’s hard work, patience and determination, eight club teams played in the Far North Queensland competition in 2021, and Yarrabah Junior Rugby League club had the highest number of female registrations in Far North Queensland. Gillian personally ensures all obstacles stopping children playing Rugby League are resolved, including proving paper applications for families without internet access and hosting ‘sleep overs’ for students unable to get to early games.

Gillian has a unique passion for Rugby League and for the Indigenous community of Yarrabah. She has become a role model in her community and has made an extraordinary difference to the Yarrabah Junior Rugby League Club.

2020 Finalists 

Maryanne Longstaff (South Australia)

Belinda Allen (New South Wales)

2019 Winner

Bianca Johnston from Muswellbrook Rams (Country Rugby League)

Johnston recognised for tireless work in women's game

Check out the full story here.

2019 finalists

Sharon Hickey, Rugby League Brisbane (QLD Rugby League)

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Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.